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Laraine Newman
Laraine Newman is a native of Los Angeles and began doing improv and mime at the age of 15.

After high school she studied mime in Paris with Marcel Marceau: a fact her comedian friends find hi-larious.

She attended the Theatre School at Cal Arts for 3 months but left to join another improv workshop that soon became the Groundlings. In 1973 Lorne Michaels cast her in a Lily Tomlin Special he was producing and later hired her for what he promised would only be a 13 week commitment: Saturday Night Live.

Subsequent to SNL, Laraine has enjoyed a thriving animation career and can currently be heard regularly on Fairly Odd Parents, Winx, DocMcStuffins, Garfield and Metalocalypse.

Laraine is also a contributing editor for the online food magazine OneForTheTable, has written for Esquire, the LA Times Magazine, the Jewish Journal, Worst Laid Plans, Strays, Huffington Post, McSweeneys and The Believer. Her full list of credits can be found at

Entries by Laraine Newman

For the Love of Tim

(4) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 4:45 PM

When Tim Russert, the beloved former anchor of Meet The Press, died suddenly, I sat in front of the TV sobbing at the sight of Tom Brokaw crying, Matt Lauer crying and everyone else giving testimonials to this great man.

I think of Tim Russert every time I see...

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Girls: Season 38

(38) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 5:27 PM

I am a fan of the show Girls. I've seen every single episode. I think Lena Dunham is an astonishingly talented writer and performer. My older daughter, also named Lena, is around the same age as the girls portrayed on the show and about to be in that no man's...

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Shell Game

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 7:27 PM

The parents of the 9th grade Opportunity Permit Students can breathe a sigh of relief as of last week. The Beverly Hills School District Board unanimously voted to allow our kids to complete their High School matriculation. I am grateful. I have to admit, I didn't go to the meeting....

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A Thank You Note to the Residents of Beverly Hills

(8) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 11:37 AM

Last night, a meeting was held for Opportunity Permit Parents along with the Beverly Hills residents who supported them. It was heartening. Up until now, I had rarely heard a resident's supportive perspective, and a most eloquent gentleman spoke passionately on our behalf that night.

Rudy Cole, a columnist for...

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Down and Out of Beverly Hills

(45) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 5:34 PM

Its been a long time since I've contributed to The Huffington Post. For various reasons, but mostly because I've been involved with work and yelling at my kids to do their homework.
About two years ago, it dawned on my husband and me that we could no longer afford...

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If The Shoe Fits

(64) Comments | Posted May 29, 2008 | 2:42 PM

I felt Keith Olberman's, uh, well, let's just say it, rant about Hilary Clinton the other day couldn't have framed more succinctly the odious behavior she's displayed and how far down she's sunk in her quest for the nomination.

I only know what I see on TV or hear on...

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Seder In Studio 8H

(6) Comments | Posted April 17, 2008 | 5:29 PM

It probably never would have happened had it not been for the fact that we were trapped in Studio 8H for camera blocking for hours on end which was business as usual. A group of us were sitting around the Green Room, which was next to Lorne's office on the...

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Body Snatchers

(14) Comments | Posted November 19, 2007 | 12:24 PM

I remember when Al Gore was running his campaign in 2000 and the constant complaint about Gore was that he was a stiff. It was clear to me at the time, he was a terrific choice. It was annoying to me that his personality was a consideration at all. Yes,...

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(18) Comments | Posted November 13, 2007 | 11:42 AM

Why bother, really? I've read pages and pages of well-argued, eloquent, reasonable assertions as to the merit and justice of the Writer's Guild struggle.

I sometimes wonder if the writers of these articles, including myself, think the fear of public opinion will sway the studios in any way. I've come...

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Contempt Prior To Investigation

(14) Comments | Posted November 8, 2007 | 10:04 AM

Several years ago I read a commentary about the film The Aristocrats by Stephen Hunter of the Washington Post. Most actors and performers are aware that at the very least, people who don't do what we do have an unrealistic impression of our lifestyles, our outlooks and our...

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